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How Misinformed Aussie Politicians Are About Video Games?


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Politicians being clueless about games isn't exactly news. The real issue is their very casual approach to something so fundamental as freedom of speech. Which, of course is a highly political subject, so I won't go into that.

From a legal perspective, if national laws (or constitution) guarantee freedom of speech (I do not know if this is the case with Australia or not) yet allow for the kind of censorship, then (in my humble opinion) the laws are rather flawed. That would be like rape being illegal unless the victim is really ugly.

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krise madsen

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Politicians being clueless about games isn't exactly news. The real issue is their very casual approach to something so fundamental as freedom of speech. Which, of course is a highly political subject, so I won't go into that.

http://www.aph.gov.au/LIBRARY/Pubs/RN/2001-02/02rn42.htm

The Constitution consists mainly of provisions relating to the structure of the Commonwealth Parliament, executive government and the federal judicial system.(6) There is no list of personal rights or freedoms which may be enforced in the courts. There are however some provisions relating to personal rights such as the right to trial by jury (section 80), and the right to freedom of religion (section 116). Since 1992 decisions of the High Court have indicated that there are implied rights to free speech and communication on matters concerning politics and government, e.g. permitting political advertising during election campaigns.(7) This is known as the 'implied freedom of political communication'. Issues arising from these decisions include defining when communication is 'political' and when the freedom should prevail over competing public interests.(8)

Doesn't seem to have anything regarding free speech in entertainment -- as such, the lawmakers are probably doing the best they can to uphold their law. Misinformed, sure, but not willfully harmful.

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The politicians are not only misinformed but also misled by the presenter, even taking this into account its pretty pathetic that they insist that they know best.

Feel sorry for the bloke who raised the issue and then sat there with his hand up to try to get a word in edgeways.

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